Legal wrangling continues in the case of a Missouri inmate scheduled for execution next week.
John Winfield faces the death penalty Wednesday for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996. A federal judge on Thursday granted a stay of execution over claims that a prison worker was intimidated into not writing a clemency letter on Winfield’s behalf. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing that decision.
Meanwhile, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused a separate stay request on Winfield’s concerns that the pentobarbital used in the execution could cause pain and suffering, and about the secret way the state obtains the drug from a compounding pharmacy.
Attorneys for Winfield appealed that case to the U.S. Supreme Court.